One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]condole with
Express sympathy for (someone); grieve with.‘the priest came to condole with Madeleine’
consoling, consolatory, condoling, commiserative, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, solicitous, gentle, tender, warm, protective, caring, lovingView synonyms
- ‘‘We were shocked by this incident and the MILF condoles with the families of those killed in the attack,’ MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said.’
- ‘President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao Condole with the Leaders of Sri Lanka.’
- ‘In March 1842, Mr Clerk of the Ludhiana political agency had led a diplomatic mission to Amritsar to condole with Maharaja Sher Singh on the death of his predecessor and congratulate him upon his accession.’
- ‘Barwari thanked Iraq's allies and condoled with the victims' families in the recent attacks in Fallujah and areas where Iraqi rebel resistance is heavily felt.’
- ‘I most sincerely condole with you for the loss of your dear little girl.’
Late 16th century: from Christian Latin condolere, from con- ‘with’ + dolere ‘grieve, suffer’.
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